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Nikon Coolpix S1 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
The first acquaintance with the Nikon Coolpix S1 is love at first sight; the camera is delightful to the eye. The ivory black sleek housing of the Nikon S1 is truly beautiful. Nikon entered the world of design before, but the designs were never that convincing until now. The ultra compact size of the camera in combination with its striking appearance makes this Nikon Coolpix S1 a true eye-catcher. The camera feels solid and despite its small size it lies comfortably in the hand. The curved edges, the quality of the buttons and the beautifully hidden memory and battery compartment covers complete this digital camera to the state of perfection. Almost no fingerprints stay behind on the material used for the housing, well done, because something like that could diminish the design.
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Nikon Coolpix S1 camera - Flash
The front of the Nikon Coolpix S1 has a very modern look. In the centre of the camera the internal flash is placed; not just placed, but fully integrated and with an eye for detail, it has a nice circle drawn around it. Next to the flash the internal optical zoom lens is hidden behind a small black round lens slide. Right in the corner we find a small LED that warns you when you use the self timer, but it also functions as the auto focus assist illuminator. In the centre of the front, Nikon left its brand name and type of camera behind, incredibly stunning!

Nikon Coolpix S1 - Activate the camera
The top of the Nikon S1 is mainly black with a silver finishing where the release button is positioned. Next to it a miniscule LED is placed that shows you when the camera is activated. The on/off switch is small but can be operated with a full fingertip without encountering any problems. To activate the camera, you have to press it a little longer than you'd expect. This is rather useful because the camera won't immediately turn on or off when the button is pressed accidentally. Also undercover in the black part of the camera we discover a speaker. The silver finishing, that doesn't stop on the side of the camera but goes on a little further, contains the connection for a hand strap. We also find a neatly finished and hidden cover here which contains the memory compartment for the Secure Digital memory card. The cover can be opened by putting your nail behind the little edge after which the cover opens with a click. A good way to prevent people from biting their nails!

Nikon Coolpix S1 - LCD Display
The back of the Nikon Coolpix S1 is dominated by the large sized LCD monitor, featuring a huge 2.5 inch. Finally we see the large sized LCD monitors appear on a Nikon camera, not mentioning the 2 inch sizes. The size of this monitor is ideal to replace the optical viewfinder, which actually occurred at the Nikon Coolpix S1. Nobody will miss the small optical viewfinder. Applying such a large size monitor however does make things more complicated for the designers. They have to find room for the necessary buttons.
Nikon Coolpix S1 digital camera - Variety of icons
Besides that a variety of icons is needed to inform the user about the functions of these buttons. It all seems to just work out and the smooth operation still stands. There is a small notch in the housing where you can place your thumb. The zoom button is also found here. At first glance it looks rather busy on the back of the camera, especially compared to the other sides, but once you start working with the camera you find out that thought has been given as to where to place the buttons and the functionality of them.

Nikon Coolpix S1 - Tripod and Battery compartment
The rear of the S1 is equipped with a universal (plastic) tripod connection that is placed right off-centre. If the camera is placed on a large tripod it's not possible to change the battery because the cover will get stuck. You can ask yourself the question: how many times will a digital camera like the Nikon Coolpix S1 get placed on a tripod; I think it is a negligible number of times. Next to the tripod connection we find the battery compartment. A lot of attention and care has been given to the quality of this cover. When sliding it, it opens up. And Nikon made sure to place an extra safety catch so your Lithium-Ion battery won't come falling out accidentally. A small, but very important and useful detail! The cover has a small notch that contains a multi-connector. This connector enables placing the camera in a standard delivered docking station (Nikon MV-11 Cool-station). Through this station the battery is recharged, the images are transferred to a computer or the images are viewed on a television screen. It is also possible to recharge the battery independently from the station by plugging the A/C power directly into the Nikon S1.

Nikon S1 camera - Design
If you are even slightly sensitive to design, you will definitely fall for the Nikon Coolpix S1. Regularly digital cameras are introduced which are labelled as design cameras, but many times they don't really deserve it. However; the Nikon S1 clearly does deserve the name of design camera. The black model (the camera is also available in silver) is a high quality show piece on the field of design.
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